Ramadan Meals to Beat the Heat

The Muslim holiday falls unusually early this year, so here are ways to adapt Ramadan dishes to the summer heat

Um Ali Dessert

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Dates, and Kumquats

The bright and tangy flavor of kumquats combined with the sweetness of Medjool dates makes this Brussels sprouts recipe a healthy way to break your fast with vegetables and the traditional dates.

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Blood Orange, Date, Parmsean, and Almond Salad

This light summer salad incorporates the traditional dates with other fruity and nutty flavors to keep you satisfied in the intense summer heat.

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Cauliflower and Chicken Makloubeh

If you’re looking for a heartier meal, this chicken recipe is a famous Levantine one-pot rice, spice, and vegetable dish that will satisfy a hungry stomach and can easily transform to a vegetarian dish.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

This spin on the classic Middle Eastern salad, "tabbouleh," swaps traditionally used bulgur wheat (which you could also use) for nutritional, superstar quinoa, which is high in "complete protein," meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. 

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Um Ali Dessert

The contrast between the creamy bread pudding and the crunchy nuts, and the mild sweet milk and cream versus the spicy tone of the cinnamon and cardamom makes this dessert irresistible warm or cold. The nut mix you put into the Um Ali is entirely up to your taste; you can use one, some or all of the nuts listed in the recipe. You can also combine puff pastry with toasted phyllo sheets, use phyllo alone, or even croissants for your base.

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Kabsa (Spiced Chicken and Rice with Almonds and Raisins)

Kabsa is a traditional meal served in the Arabian Gulf area that mixes rice, vegetables, and meats with a key blend of spices that give the dish its unique, beloved flavor. 

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Palak Paneer

Paneer, often referred to as "Indian cottage cheese" on menus. When seared it can be a great addition to simple vegetable dishes. It's traditionally cooked in a spicy puréed spinach curry, but you can also toss it with sautéed mustard greens or Swiss chard to add protein and texture.

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